Rice Almondine Marsala

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Rice Almondine Marsala is a side dish that is fast and easy and delicious with any meat you serve.

The buttery toasted almond taste compliments the rice and the sweetness from the Marsala blends is a perfect match to this delicious rice almondine.

Amazingly enough, they will think you took all day to prepare this and it will surprise you on how fast and easy it is.

This side dish is great for serving guests, it's elegant in presentation and very flavorful.

The best part about it, it's super fast and easy to make!

If you're a rice lover, this is going to be your new favorite side dish for sure!

Rice makes such a great side dish and this one is much different than the usual Fried Rice or Mom's Spanish Rice side dishes we also make often.

We love that rice is so versatile we even make a great dessert with it like Grandma's Rice Pudding recipe it's fantastic.

Scroll down the bottom and there is a printable recipe card with the exact measurements needed.

this is a gourmet style rice with toasted almonds, marsala wine, mushrooms in a butter sauce


Homemade Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Monday, June 29, 2020
Homemade Bow Tie Pasta also is known as Italian farfalle pasta is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

Farfalle pasta is actually one of the oldest pasta shapes.

It originated during the 16th century in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, where it is also known as ‘strichetti’.

I have read that in Emilia-Romagna, strichetti is our modern-day version of farfalle.

Apparently, these were invented by housewives wanting to use up extra pasta dough leftover from making filled cappelletti pasta.

The woman in that region used up the remaining dough by making farfalle, which eventually was such a well-loved pasta dough they did extra on purpose!

Sunday is a traditional day for pasta in an Italian household.

We always make a wonderful homemade Traditional Sunday Sauce with this awesome pasta that is a tradition only during the holiday.

Mom and grandma always reserved homemade pasta during the holiday season.

Most of the time on Christmas Day we had  Mom's Lasagna, and on Easter, it would be bow ties.

this is how to make homemade bow tie pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella with fresh basil on top


Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

Sunday, June 28, 2020
This is how to make Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits from scratch.

I have three recipes for old fashioned biscuits, low carb biscuits, and diabetic biscuits to choose from.

This is one of our favorite desserts in Florida all summer long during strawberries season.

We just love using fresh strawberries for our Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Cake and Strawberry Cream Pie and of course a favorite Strawberry Cheesecake.

Since I am pretty lazy on cutting biscuits and rolling, this is easy, drop them into a muffin or cupcake tin, bake, and hey if you have too much freeze them for another time, at least that's what I do.

You can also drop them on a cookie sheet or even a 9-inch cake pan to make one large one and decorate it for a party theme in colorful fruits.

These basic recipes are all very good you just need to choose the best one for your lifestyle.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all 3 fabulous recipes for how to make your favorite Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits!

this is a biscuits with sliced strawberries arranged in points topped with another biscuit then whipped cream. This is on a white plate with a sprig of mint in the back ground and you can see the other biscuits in a cupcake tin in the background all sitting on wooden board.


String Bean Stew

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Stews are not just comfort food made in the winter months.

The summer is the best time with such an abundance of fresh farmers market vegetables or from your own garden (if you are lucky enough to have one) and this string bean stew is a favorite!

Mom made it a few ways with and without meat, you can choose below which recipe to follow of hers.

The beef stew was usually made in the winter cooler months but for meat-eaters, you can always add chicken, pork or beef to either recipe!

There are also many cooking methods to use I will give you all the information in the instructions.

This is a healthy delicious bowl with the best sauce to sop up with a freshly baked loaf of "No-Knead Bread" or my "No-Knead Garlic Rolls", another favorite recipe that goes along with this stew!

The basic recipe below can be adapted with so many other ingredients when it comes to vegetables you like, add or eliminate what you don't like.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable recipe.

this is a pot of stew with summer vegetables string beans and squash


Polpettone Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe is not your ordinary meatloaf, it's an Italian Gourmet version.

It's like a giant stuffed meatball and with lots of surprises inside this rolled ground beef.

It's truly a gourmet version of any kind of meatloaf and I have step by step instructions it's really easy to do and such a show stopper to serve!

This is served with a homemade marinara tomato sauce and not ketchup like the American version.

The dish originated from my mom's region in Bari Italy and this is how her family taught her to make it.

There are several versions and just about every Region in Italy does theirs just a little different.

If you love meatloaf this will wow your family and guests for sure in the presentation.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off the instructions all the way to the bottom of the page.

This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious


Parmesan Penne Vegetable Pasta

Monday, June 22, 2020
This is the perfect light summer  Parmesan Penne Vegetable Pasta, fresh with steam vegetables.

The pasta has a light sauce coating this dish with the fragrant smell of butter and wine.

We've put together some steamed broccoli, freshly cut peppers, and tomatoes and tossed them all in with a light Parmesan garlic sauce.

We love making creative pasta dishes, we also have "15 Other Kinds Of Pasta", meals you may love!

Check out these delicious summer recipes that can be a whole meal in itself of a pasta side dish with that cookout with the family.

Scroll down to this printable recipe and check out the alternatives ideas we love to add and adapt this recipe any way you like!

this is a penne pasta with vegetables in a white bowl with tomatoes and broccoli


Homemade Pierogi

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Growing up in East Utica New York, our bingo hall use to make this style filled Perogi with Sauerkraut, Cheese, and Potatoes.

This pierogi style is filled with mashed potato, sauerkraut, and cheddar cheese all in one and I also separated the recipes for each individual for those who aren't fond of all three fillings together.

Most are made either one of the other, however, these have the filling all in one.

These are the way I love them, you can separate the filling to do either or if you want to adapt them to the frozen kind in the supermarkets.

Just leave the sauerkraut out and do cheese and mashed potato if you aren't a fan of kraut.

The dough is pillow-soft and delicious, easy to use, and perfectly cooks up with a tender pierogi with this delicious filling.

We love filled all kinds of homemade dough recipes like Panzerotti which is an Italian deep-fried pizza, Chinese Egg Rolls from scratch, and homemade Runza a dough stuffed with meat and popular in Nebraska.

this is a stuffed homemade dough fried called pierogi that has potato and cheese in them


Two Easy Turkey or Chicken Scallopini Recipes

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
I have two easy Turkey Scallopini recipes you are going to love, one is super simple the other is a bit more work but so worth the time!

I love entertaining and my Turkey Scallopini with Artichokes and Mushrooms in a delectable cream sauce is divine and perfect for wowing guests and family get-togethers.

The other is a turkey cutlet dredged in flour and bread crumbs then pan sauteed.

Seriously they are both great and you can easily use chicken breasts instead of turkey if you prefer.

Take a quick look at the recipes and pick out the one you like the best.

I love chicken or turkey cutlets pan sauteed or baked they are both a great addition to your recipe collections.

We love using leftover turkey or chicken plain scallopini (if there are any) for Turkey Pot Pie or Hot Covered Turkey Sandwiches, you can make a whole other meal with it!

Scroll down to print off both easy recipes and let me know which one you like.

this is how to make scallopini with chicken or turkey sauteed in a large fry pan


Italian Escarole Antipasto Recipe

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
In this healthy recipe, this Italian Antipasto Salad is made with ribbons of crisp escarole, homemade Italian salad dressing, and can be anything from an appetizer, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

This antipasto platter is turned into a big healthy vegetable salad that has numerous options and additions, you can adapt this as you read the ingredients list.

We love this usually around the summer hot months when we want a lighter meal with more vegetables and additional chopped deli meats that you can decide on to add more or less.

Any leafy greens can be used, be just love our crisp escarole greens for this particular salad.

Then this wonderful healthy salad is tossed in my mom's over 100-year-old salad dressing recipe, it's perfection.

We love all kinds of salads like our Italian Potato Salad that a light version that the classic kinds and then don't forget to try my refreshing Watermelon Basil Salad, it's another delicious summer recipe.

Check out my suggestions and scroll down to the printable instructional card for all of the Italian additions we love when creating this delicious healthy recipe.

this is a homemade Italian antipasto with Italian vegetable and dressing on top


Easy Red Raspberry Cobbler

Sunday, June 14, 2020
How easy is it to make an all in one pan scrumptious dessert easy Red Rasberry cobbler instead of making a pie and rolling out dough? Super fast and simple!

This takes hardly any time to mix the batter, adding to melted butter, pouring a can of pie filling on top, then it all makes magic in the oven.

Yes, it's that easy.

Serve this with any kind of ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

Add a little mint garnish and you have what looks like a gourmet dessert that will be the easiest recipe you will ever make.

This is excellent for summer cookouts or entertaining and can be served warm or cold.

What's even better than is you can use any fruits you like, even mix and match.

A good friend Mary Marshall from over @Cooking With Mary and Friends inspired me to make this cobbler and you also must try her Blackberry Buckle recipe, it's easy and delicious!

I will give you a list of fruits to use if you're not a fan of raspberry!

We love raspberry and it just so happens raspberry pie is my favorite flavor. and I love raspberry shortbread cookies and raspberry red velvet cupcakes, so I am a huge fan!

I love using raspberries for so many desserts, they really shout summer to me.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print this dessert that will on your tables with very little effort!


The Italiano Special Copycat Sausage Sandwich in Cabernet Sauce

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Sausage Peppers and Mushrooms in Cabernet Sauce is an Italiano Special copycat recipe from years ago at a favorite place we used to go every summer.

A fun place to visit called Harpoon Eddies, it's in Sylvan Beach in Upstate New York.

This was the perfect Italian sandwich in the 80s and what I always ordered on that menu!

As the years went on I love the filling for the sandwich so much I used it for many other things.

It's perfect for calzone fillings, topping for pizza, mixed with your favorite pasta, or even this fabulous sandwich.

You can make this and freeze it also for future dishes.

Since I moved to Florida in the early 90s, I recreated to the best of memory how it tasted and it was my all-time favorite sandwich in the early 1980s.

The sandwich was quite messy but fantastic and loaded with flavors.

I love copycat recipes and make quite a few didn't one from restaurants we love like the Burger King Whaler from that time period also.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print this off.

this is a pan of sausage , peppers and mushrooms simmering in a wine sauce using cabernet wine to make this rich tomato Italian sauce for a sandwich


Blackberry Merlot Chilled Soup Recipe

Friday, June 12, 2020
A wonderful chilled soup called Blackberry Merlot Chilled Soup, it's so refreshing and the first one I had was on a cruise with Royal Caribbean!

Here is a delightful first appetizer and start of the summer delicious meal.

This is an adult soup, and not made for kids but guess what? Just substitute Welchs Grape Juice for the Merlot for them!

There are so many ways to adapt soups that are made with fruit, even if your not fond of blackberries you can substitute another.

Berries in abundance this time of the year makes this kind of soup so special and a usual must be on "the list" to make for me. I always look forward to berry season.

We just love anything made with berries especially Summer Berry Muffins to start the day or this Blackberry Marinade for Shrimp kabobs for dinner!

This recipe is featured in Tuscany School of Cooking and mentioned as one of the Top Italian Food Bloggers, I am very proud of my heritage and thank them for acknowledging this recipe.

Scroll down to the recipe card for a delicious chilled soup journey!

this is a chilled cold soup made with Blackberries and Merlot Wine


Blueberry Crumble Bars

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Blueberry Crumble Bars are one of those favorite cookie filled fruit bars and can become a total addiction when it comes to a dessert.

These quick decadent bars are really buttery and just keeps you coming back for another bite.

I have never made a batch that didn't all fly off the plate the same day.

Seriously one of my favorite bars of all time that I really was excited to share.

I no longer wait for the blueberry season to make these bars, I make sure I have a stash in the freezer and use them in a pinch so I can indulge all year long.

We love blueberry desserts, blueberry muffins, blueberry cookies,  blueberry flan, blueberry cheesecake bars, and blueberry lemon loaf are among our favorites.

If you really want to turn these delicious bars into an all-around after dinner elegant dessert, top the bars with some homemade ice cream, whipped cream a few extra blueberries and watch your family go wow!

Scroll down to get these yummy blueberry bars!

these are blueberry crumble bars on a cutting board cooling


Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Here is an easy gourmet Stuffed Chicken Breast our Italian style.

We love this creamy, just a little spicy stuffed chicken breast.

It's easy and a great way to impress your guests! The filling is so versatile and there are many alternative stuffings below you can use!

The peppers give this just the right blend of spiciness to compliment the chicken and the garnish with shredded mozzarella just put this over the top gourmet!

We love to mix and match ingredients and getting creative, it's a little more effort but everyone loves these flavors together and is so impressed especially when we have guests.

If you love chicken stuffed you may even want to try an easier chicken recipe I make that's an open-faced "Broccoli topped chicken breast with cheddar" it's so good!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this recipe with more tips and suggestions.

this is a Italian stuffed chicken breast with cream cheese, prosciutto  stuffing and arugula topped with pepperoncini, bread crumbs, on a black plate


Margarita Lime Cheesecake

Monday, June 8, 2020
Here are two recipes to try with a lime kick to them! Margarita Lime Cheesecake baked or for the not so fond of baking a quick no-bake Margarita Lime Bar!

Seriously refreshing for a summer dessert Margarita Lime Cheesecake will have everyone asking you for the recipe!

This is my most popular and asked for a cheesecake recipe all summer long!

Everyone that tries a slice just goes nuts of this one!

Not the traditional lemon flavoring but a touch of lime will bring you right to the tropics!

I also have a delicious no-bake margarita bar listed below and the recipe is simple and no-bake.

Either recipe is creamy and easy to make, perfect those adult parties, and a great dessert during Cinco De Mayo!

The hint of lime and tequila just makes this the most flavorful dessert for all your party needs!

If you love lime you may want to try my Lime Pepper Chicken or my Baked Coconut Lime Bars!!

Don't miss out on trying these recipes below, just scroll down to the bottom.

this is a slice of margarita cheesecake on a white plate with slices of lime on top.


Homemade Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

Sunday, June 7, 2020
If you love blue cheese dressing on salads as a dipping sauce for wings or even slathered on a grilled filet mignon to make a crusted topping, you just hit the jackpots of the best ever recipe for all of them!

This salad dressing is so easy to make and better than any store-bought that I ever had.

I love that you can adjust the flavor to more or less what you prefer.

I am a big fan of chunky style blue cheese and Danish is my favorite kind of cheese I use in particular and normally more than less!

I also love freshly grated black pepper so I always add more on top of my salad, this recipe is adaptable to whatever you want to add more to your taste.

This blue cheese dressing is great for dipping vegetables in and a great party appetizer and I have 15 other suggestions that await you below!

Once you try this homemade recipe, you will never want store-bought again, it's just that addicting and delicious!

I use it on my Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, of course as a dip for my favorite Chicken Wing Recipe, in my Loaded Buffalo Potato Dip and even topping my favorite Burger Recipe!

Scroll down to print off this fabulous recipe!

this is a pitcher made of glass filled with  homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing with crumbles on top. It's on a cutting board with lettuce tomatoes and carrots for salad


Slow Cooked Smoked Beef Brisket

Friday, June 5, 2020
Smoked and Slow Cooked Beef Brisket has a long history in the United States dating back to the indigenous people of southern Texas and this is how to make the best brisket with several cooking methods below to teach you how.

Brisket is the meat of choice for a slow-smoking barbecue in Texas and is often considered the “National Dish of Texas.

When cooked correctly, it's a tender juicy delicious meat with a great dark outer coating that is irresistible in flavors, texture, and the best meat for any outdoor picnic and get together!

We love grilling, smoking and this can also be made in the oven, instant pot, or slow cooker, just remember one thing, slow and low.

The meat is very tough if you don't cook it slowly, just read all the tips before starting and you will have the best barbecue ever!

This meat tastes great with my coffee rub below or you can make your own rub of whatever you prefer there are plenty of store-bought rubs on the market for smoking beef briskets and other meats.

Other barbecue recipes we love that go great with this meal is corn on the cob, 15 Beans Cowboy Style, and my Southwest style potato salad.

To get started just scroll to the recipe card and print this off, don't forget and read the tips.

this is a 12 pound beef brisket with coffee rub and beer and sliced thin for sandwiches on a cutting board


Burger King Copycat Whaler with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Thursday, June 4, 2020
This copycat Burger King Whaler is pretty much a dead ringer in flavors!

The secret is in the tartar sauce, and seriously, makes the sandwich fabulous!

The BK food chain has a light and flaky 100% Alaskan Pollock fillet topped with a delicious creamy tartar sauce and shredded lettuce on the potato bun.

I used everything except for the same kind of fish.

Years ago when it's debut in 1975 the Big Fish sandwich has changed and evolved using different fish, buns however that delicious tartar sauce stayed the same taste.

I made my sandwich with fried haddock, also a delicious white flaky fish, using my fish fry recipe.

If you love the Whaler you're in for a homemade treat in less than 25 minutes!

I love copycat recipes like my Arby's Beef and Cheddar and I also have a roundup of Copycat Recipes to try!

I always order mine with a slice of cheese which is extra, but I really like the fish better with cheese, you can omit that part if you're not big on that.

So my copycat version is really one that I love to make and the tartar sauce if fantastic it totally compliments this sandwich.

You can use any frozen premade brand fish in the supermarket or make your own.

Don't forget to pick up some shoestrings french fries or make a seasoned style like my Italian fries to go with this delicious fish sandwich.

It's really super simple and quick if you're using all store-bought brands and not all homemade like I did.

this is a copycat Whaler fish sandwich from the food chain Burger King


Baked, or Air Fried Zucchini Fries

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Whether you bake, air fry, and deep fry these zucchini sticks they turn out to be a delicious appetizer and the family loves them.

Zucchini fries are either lightly breaded or shaken in seasoned flour then any cooking method you chose turns into a delicious way to serve them.

We love these either dipped in marinara sauce or even in a homemade ranch dressing but there are several dipping sauces I make you can choose from.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and there is recipes for the seasoned flour methods along with alternative coatings I use for the diabetic version.

You will also find all 3 cooking methods for making the fries in the air fryer, baked or deep-fried whatever you enjoy I hope you like our version of these zucchini appetizers.

They are easy to make and fun to eat and also a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

this bread zucchini air fried on a white plate with dill, ,marinara sauce and pecorino romano cheese


Homemade Kahlua

Monday, June 1, 2020
Homemade Kahlua is a real economical treat and can be used in anything from cocktails to sweet desserts and very popular.

Over the years many new flavors were adapted to this fine coffee liquor and you can find so many uses for it.

We love it to use as an extract in candies, cakes, cookies and so much more.

It even is great drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

This homemade batch is made with just 4 ingredients and can last up to 3 years plus it cost a whole lot less to make at home.

Save those old cordial bottles and make a batch today or get some pretty decanters to store this in.

If you like making homemade liqueurs, don't miss trying my Limoncello, Amaretto, and Copycat Bailey Irish Cream and all the cocktails using them!

Recipes we love are my Eggless Tiramisu dessert and my Hot Fudge Kahlua Sauce is divine!

Scroll down to this easy recipe and give this a try, you won't be sorry, we love it!

this is homemade Kahula which is a coffee liquor in a on the rocks glass with ice in it